Thursday, June 11, 2015

21 killed, dozens missing in Nepal's landslides

At least 21 people were killed and 27 others still missing in landslides triggered by heavy rainfall, which buried six villages in northeastern Nepal on Thursday, police said.

Deputy Superintendent of Nepal Police based in Taplejung District, Shanti Raj Koirala, said 21 bodies had been recovered and another 27 were still missing. "Other missing people might have been buried under the rubble," he told Xinhua over the phone.

Landslides have badly affected parts of the mountainous district and locals rescued at least 8 people from the landslide- hit areas on Thursday.

"Several dozen houses in the six villages were either buried or swept away. The incessant rainfall has disturbed the rescue efforts," Koirala added. Rivers and highway have been blocked by the landslide.

A team of policemen and rescuers reached villages but bad weather has thwarted search and rescue operations.

Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has directed the local authorities to carry out the relief efforts.

"I express heartfelt condolences to the family of deceased in Taplejung landslide and wish speedy recovery of injured. I have asked for prompt recovery and relief," the prime minister said on Twitter.

The opposition Rashtriya Prajatantra Party has asked the government to expedite the relief and rescue operations.

Tens of thousands of Nepalese are fearing of landslides since a 7.9-magnitude earthquake jolted the Himalayan country on April 25, which claimed over 9,000 lives and left 22,000 injured. Landslides are common in mountainous region of Nepal especially during the rainy monsoon season from June to September.

    Source:Xinhua -

1 comment:

  1. Népal: 35 morts dans un glissement de terrain...

    Les secouristes ont recouvré vendredi 14 nouveaux cadavres d'un glissement de terrain déclenché par des pluies torrentielles dans le nord-est du Népal, portant à 35 le total des victimes.

    Quelque 20 personnes sont toujours portées disparues après cet éboulement survenu jeudi qui a frappé des villages difficiles d'accès dans le district montagneux de Taplejung.

    Cet événement survient quelques semaines à peine après les deux séismes qui ont secoué cette nation himalayenne, tuant près de 8.700 personnes, endommageant nombre de routes et d'habitations, et laissant des milliers de personnes sans abri.

    De nombreuses personnes périssent chaque année au Népal pendant la mousson en raison de glissements de terrain et des inondations.


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